Jason Day urges Tiger Woods to go easy

Source:AFP Published: 2017/11/22 22:48:39

Star ready for return at Bahamas golf tournament

Jason Day assured Tiger Woods on Wednesday that he's under "no pressure" ahead of his long-awaited comeback at an exclusive invitational tournament next week.

Day, a former world No.1, said Woods had told him he feels ready for his return at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.

The 14-time major champion has not played since February after undergoing surgery following a recurrence of back problems, which forced him to miss the 2015-16 season.

"From what I see on Instagram and what he's been telling me, he says he's ready and I'm hoping that he is, because from what I hear, he's hitting it very long," Day said at the Australian Open in Sydney.

"And if he's hitting it long and straight, then that's going to be tough for us because it is Tiger Woods. He's always been a clutch putter and in amongst the best, and it will be interesting to see."

Woods is included in an 18-man field which features many of world golf's elite, including world No.1 Dustin Johnson and No.2 Jordan Spieth.

Woods has not played competitively since February, when he withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic.

He underwent surgery in April, his fourth operation on his troublesome back, and has been posting videos of himself in practice.

He announced he would be making his comeback at the Hero World Challenge, an invitational event to benefit his charity foundation.

"I did talk to him and he did say it's the best he's ever felt in three years," said Day, a friend and confidant of Woods.

Woods, who last won a major in 2008, has also battled personal demons. In May, he was arrested for driving under the influence after being found asleep in his Mercedes-Benz by a roadside.

Woods, who was found to have five drugs including the powerful opioid ­hydrocodone in his system, later revealed he underwent professional treatment to help him manage his medications. Under a plea agreement reached in Palm Beach County, north of Miami, Woods will avoid jail time unless he commits major violations of his probation.


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